Will Mithoefer '10 Scores in 1st Half at Bowdoin, but Polar Bears Oust Men's Soccer from NESCACs, 2-1
Wesleyan opened its NESCAC semi-final game at Bowdoin by taking the opening four shots of the contest, with Will Mithoefer '10 (#8, photo by Peter Stein '84) cashing in on the fourth try in the 15th minute to spot the visiting Cardinals a 1-0 lead Sat., Nov 6. But the Polar Bears netted the equalizer with just 38 second remaining in the first half and dominated the second stanza to pull out a 2-1 victory. Bowdoin advanced to the championship game Sun., Nov. 7, facing Middlebury.
The deciding goal game in the 67th minute by way of a penalty kick, awarded for a Wesleyan hand ball in the box. Bowdoin produced the initial nine shots of the second half and kept the Wesleyan offense in check, holding the Cardinals without a shot for almost 38 minutes in the second frame. Bowdoin ended the half with a 9-2 edge in shots and a 17-8 margin for the game. Still, Wesleyan managed five corner kicks to three by the Polar Bears.
During the flurry by Wesleyan to begin the game, Mithoefer, who netted his first goal of the year off an assist by Ian Waldron '13, also hit the post with a shot five minutes into the game before finding the back of the net about 10 minutes later.
Wesleyan keeper Adam Purdy '13 registered six saves in the contest, three in each half.
Wesleyan ended the year with an 8-8 record. Of the team's 16 contests, 15 were decided by one goal. Only the Cardinals' 3-0 victory over Western Conn. violated the standard for the season. Bowdoin, which improved to 13-1-2 on the year, is ranked #1 in New England Division III and #5 nationally. The Cardinals had upset #2 ranked regionally and #10 rated nationally Williams, 2-1 in overtime, to reach the semi-finals for the second straight year and fifth time in the last eight seasons.